Monthly Archives: October 2012

Even more pumpkin!


 

 

Pumpkin pie cupcake from Sweet in Harvard Square.

Easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte! (Success.)


Not being able to afford frequent $4 coffee drinks, I’ve been glancing with mild interest across all kinds of pumpkin latte recipes to make at home to save some money. I can’t make espresso at home, of course, so it would be more of just pumpkin coffee.

I tried the via instant kind, and it’s just not very good. The vanilla ones are ok. The pumpkin ones are disappointing, because you just hope it will be good but it’s too sugary and barely tastes like pumpkin at all.

 

But, having a pumpkin-related idea, I had to try it out. If you like a pumpkin spice latte and want to make them at home, here’s a good and REALLY easy way to approximate one:

1. Brew coffee. Whatever variety you have is fine. Any preference will work for this. If you make espresso, you’d probably have to mix it with cream or milk first and then go to step 2, but as I said, I don’t make espresso at home, so you’ll just have to improvise I guess…

2. Put one small scoop of pumpkin ice cream into a mug. I prefer Trader Joe’s variety, as it has the pumpkin pie spices mixed into it already.

3. Pour fresh, hot coffee over ice cream and stir until ice cream is completely melted. I also added a little half and half just to increase the amount of liquid in my mug.

optional 4: Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

And enjoy!

I think it tastes very close to the starbucks psl, but somehow better – richer, maybe, since I’m flavoring it with ice cream instead of pumpkin syrup. This time I used a vanilla coffee, but I’m thinking I’d prefer it with a smooth, earthy dark roast.

 

P. S. I did something resembling baking earlier today, so I’m planning to post about it very soon.

Food Acquisition


To get this out of the way: I’m getting sick and it’s quite unpleasant. My sinuses just suck at life. I wish I had someone around who loved me to bring me some wonton soup. For now I’m chugging Emergen-C like nobody’s business (I’ve found it shortens the life of my colds) and probably will have chicken soup tonight. Or Ramen, if my chicken soup isn’t good anymore.

I have a few cooking adventure posts to write, but I’m not in the mood right now, so instead, you get to hear about some of the food I acquired lately. Aren’t you lucky.

Since my last post, about Pumpkin and just about everything related to it, I went to Trader Joe’s and bought up nearly everything pumpkin-flavored they had. Read the rest of this entry

The Pumpkin Post


I like to scroll through food blog entries and just about everyone and their mom and their mom’s dog and the dog’s favorite leg is currently writing about pumpkin foods and drinks. It seems like it’s already been talked to death and fall only started a few weeks ago! So I’ll just stick to my main points about pumpkins and food.

1. Most places are using pumpkin syrup to flavor their lattes – not actual pumpkin – so there is no good reason they can’t serve them year-round. They are so delicious, and I don’t only want them in the fall. I understand why they do it, but I hate them.

2. The Starbucks variety of pumpkin lattes are not very good. I like my lattes to taste like coffee, with pumpkin flavoring and spices. Not like sugar with pumpkin flavoring and maybe a hint of coffee. I have gotten one this season, and a pumpkin spice frappucino, which I enjoyed – but that I did not expect to taste like coffee. My preference would be Peet’s, which in fact tastes much more like coffee, but they’re less conveniently located. They also have a pumpkin chai option, which I must say is soooooooooooooooo good. With more o’s. If you like chai and pumpkin, there is no way you won’t like this. Try one!
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The Evolution of a Blog, Not That It Really Matters.


I started this blog intending it to focus on food, and until a few days ago, when I changed the blog name to match the link, that was how I looked at it. I will still write about food, of course. But I was having this problem…

I have another blog that’s just for writing. You can go see it here: http://devajashewaywriting.wordpress.com. There, I try not to ramble on about things that aren’t related to writing. I’ll write about life developments occasionally, but the focus of that site is my writing and, sometimes, the process behind it. I kept feeling the desire to write about food, to share when I make something really delicious without following a recipe (which happens the majority of the time I actually cook anything. Not bragging, just sharing…). So then I started this blog to do that. But I also feel I want to write about other things sometimes. Tidbits of life or whatnot. And I was thinking, “How many blogs do I actually want to have?”

The answer was, not actually more than two.

Luckily, the link name for this blog was “norecipelife” (an option that seemed cooler than “norecipefoodblog.wordpress…”), so, my brain connected some dots and said to me, hey, just make the blog No Recipe Life, and then you’ll be justified in writing about other things here. That’ll keep your blogs down to a minimum.

Seemed like a good plan. At some point I want to turn my writing blog into something resembling an actual writer’s website, so I don’t want to clutter it up with other crap. But I’m happy to clutter this, more personal blog! I’m thinking I will still write mostly about food, but now I’ve opened it up to talk about other things as well.

Speaking of food: My idea about making mini pies has been put on hold until I have more money to buy pie ingredients. My food budget has gone way down lately due to the fact that I spend more money than I should. So, no pies. I did, however, whip up some kind of fried-dough-coconut-pancake thing from stuff I had lying around. Let me tell you a little bit about them. (no pictures. Sorry.)

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Possibly a Bad Idea


I recently got some kitchen items that I believed my kitchen needed, whether or not I get around to using them any time soon – like a nice big pot, large baking pan, and a cupcake tin.

Although muffins would probably be the most practical and healthiest option for breaking in my cupcake tin, I had this thought that I really want to make some mini pies.

I’m really hung up on this idea now. I love pie. Really. SO GOOD. And with the cupcake pan method, I could make several different kinds of pie. But pie is a lot of effort, and almost certainly requires a recipe…

My thought right now is to buy the ready-made kind of pie crust to cut down on time, and maybe select up to three different kinds of fillings, look up a recipe so I know what tempt to set the oven on, and then just go for it. I’m not interested in perfection; I want a fun experiment. The worst thing I can do, I think, is burn them, and if that happens, it’s not the end of the world.

Likely I’ll end up with something somewhat resembling pie, but not officially qualifying as pie. I think I’d be happy with that.

 

Apple is the obvious choice. It is apple pie season. Obviously. I think I’m going to have to buy some nutmeg too…

Maybe I’ll buy some canned “pie filling” and make little cherry pies that taste something like the ones my grandmother used to make.

 

I need some whipped cream. Definitely.

This might be a project for this weekend. I’ll let you know what happens.

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